Shikhar Dhawan and company should change their starting XI for the series finale against South Africa on Sunday, according to former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer, who is backing an IPL player. When the hosts square off against South Africa in the second One Day International (ODI) at Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium Complex, Team India, captained by Shikhar Dhawan, will look to maintain its lead in the bilateral series.

As the second ODI approached, Team India was dealt a devastating setback as bowler Deepak Chahar was ruled out of the South Africa series. The third and final T20I against South Africa left bowler Chahar with back stiffness, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In India’s starting XI for the first ODI against the Proteas, the premier bowler was absent. For the last two One Day Internationals against Temba Bavuma’s team, all-rounder Washington Sundar has taken the position of the injured bowler.

In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, veteran Indian opener Jaffer endorsed Shahbaz Ahmed to make his ODI debut on Sunday ahead of the series-deciding match between India and South Africa. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder may take the place of either Ruturaj Gaikwad or Ishan Kishan in the Indian playing XI for the second ODI, according to the former Indian cricketer and full-time cricket analyst.

Shahbaz Ahmed ought to participate since he would improve the bowling unit and the batting lineup. In 50-over cricket, you cannot proceed with only five bowling choices. Ishan Kishan or Ruturaj Gaikwad might take his position, according to Jaffer. Prior to the second ODI, the former Indian batsman also praised David Miller of South Africa.

At Lucknow, during the first game of the series between India and South Africa, Miller scored an undefeated knock of 75 off 63 balls. “There is no denying David Miller’s talent as a player. He maintained his fantastic form from the IPL. India would undoubtedly want to eliminate him quickly. If India wants to win, they need to take the early wickets of Miller, Quinton de Kock, and Heinrich Klassen,” Jaffer added.